Red Stick Ramblers, Mar Caribe | SPACE | Folk & Country | Chicago Reader

Red Stick Ramblers, Mar Caribe All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Sat., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. 2010

The Pine Leaf Boys are leading a legion of Louisiana bands revitalizing the singular mixture of French Acadian styles and country that's usually just called Cajun, and Baton Rouge's Red Stick Ramblers are among their growing ranks. On their fifth and latest full-length, My Suitcase Is Always Packed (Sugar Hill), the Ramblers jump between various breezy combinations of Cajun music, honky-tonk, and twangy western swing with great ease if not great originality. There's a certain studiousness to their approach—something you won't hear on an album by D.L. Menard, the Cajun Hank Williams—but the quintet plays with such impressive skill and audible joy that it's hard for me to hold it against them that they were born too late. I mean, who wasn't? Mar Caribe opens. —Peter Margasak

Price: $25, $20 in advance

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